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Tropical Peach Breeze Smoothie

Uncategorized By April 8, 2013 1 Comment

Tropical Peach Breeze SmoothieAfter a fruit-filled tropical March break, the family is completely hooked on two things: peaches and coconut water!  Getting back into the school routine wasn’t easy, but breakfast is proving to be less stressful (and more healthful) than it was prior to the vacay. With a chill still in the Canadian air, I had resigned myself to using expensive, imported fruit.  But then I was given a revelation: canned peaches are amazing!  Their nutritional value is not only on par with fresh peaches, but they actually have 1.5 times more antioxidants and their Vitamin C levels are 3.5 times higher than fresh.  California Cling Peaches are canned within 24 hours of delivery to the cannery, which ensures that the peaches maintain superior taste and nutritional value.  The way to find them is to look at the various peaches in the stores to make sure they say Made in the USA – those are the California Cling Peaches.  With this new information, I found a recipe that has quickly become a stable in the house (and at the office!).

Tropical Peach Breeze Smoothie

1 can 14 oz / 398 mL California cling peaches (slices)
½ cup coconut water or plain or vanilla almond milk
½ cup Greek vanilla, honey or peach yogurt, preferably 0%
1 tsp vanilla
¼ tsp ginger
tsp nutmeg
Honey or agave syrup (optional)

Prep: 5 min Total time: 5 min


Drain peaches reserving 2 tbsp (30 mL) juice. Place peaches, reserved peach juice, coconut water or almond milk, yogurt, vanilla, ginger and nutmeg in a blender. Blend until smooth. If you wish sweeten with honey or agave syrup.

Makes about 2 cups (500 mL) for 2 smoothies.

The information and recipes were generously sponsored by California Cling Peaches.  As always, our opinions are our own.


Go-Go Green Juice

Uncategorized By January 4, 2013 2 Comments

The new year is a perfect time to start each day with a shot of health.  We give this Go-Go Green Juice to our kids too, and if yours don’t like the colour, calling it ‘Monster Juice’ can help.  If all else fails, add frozen blueberries and call it a milkshake!  The fab recipe is from our healthy food contributor, Alyssa Schottland-Bauman of

1 cup Kale
1 cup Spinach
Handful Parsley
1/4 cucumber
1/2-1 stalk celery
Thumbsize of Ginger, more for extra zing
Lemon, peeled
Half an apple


O.N.E. Coconut Water

Uncategorized By May 18, 2012 No Comments

I’m on a bit of a health kick, and what arrives at my door?  The new O.N.E. Coconut water that has just become available to Canadians.  The water is all natural and comes from green coconuts in Brazil and the Philippines.  Renowned for its hydrating qualities and health benefits, the sweet-tasting water is great when added to smoothies.  I’ve been making ‘green’ smoothies for the kids in the morning, camoflaging spinach with blueberries so they don’t see the green colour.  Adding banana, flax seed and this amazing coconut water ensures they start the day off well – and I don’t have to stress about them not eating their veggies at dinner.  You can also keep a stash packed in the beach bag for the summer to prevent dehydration while doing your fun beach activities.

Disclosure: UrbanMommies Media was given samples for review.


Pumpkin Pie Smoothie Recipe

Uncategorized By October 30, 2011 1 Comment

Here’s our Pumpkin Pie Smoothie Recipe.  Yum!  It’s great for Hallowe’en night or any time to give an energy boost to your little goblins.

* 1/2 c. pumpkin
* 3/4 c. almond milk
* 2 dates, pitted
* 1/2 banana, frozen
* 1 tsp. cinnamon
* 1 tsp. pumpkin pie spice
* 1/2 cup ice
* 1 tsp. vanilla

* optional: candied pecans

Add all ingredients in a blender. Blend until smooth.

Article by Alyssa Schottland-Bauman,


Jill and Tenille’s Healthy Test Kitchen Smoothie Experiment

Uncategorized By August 18, 2011 No Comments

When in Chicago at McDonald’s head office, we met with Chef Dan and were given quite a lesson in how menu items are developed.  Remember that TV show ‘Just Like Mom’ (damn sexist title) where kids made different foods with a variety of crazy ingredients?  Same goes here.  Tenille (from Feisty, Frugal and Fabulous) and I had bunches of fresh fruits, veggies, yoghurt, juices and grains and were charged with creating a smoothie.  Being the health-consious gourmands that we are, we decided to camoflauge beets and spinach with yummy dark purple fruit.  Move over Jessica Seinfeld.  Here’s the lowdown:

½ cup frozen peaches
½ cup blueberries
½ cup blackberries
½ cup cooked and peeled beets
handful of spinach
handful of fresh mint
3 T. wheat bran
pinch cinnamon
1 cup ice cubes
1 cup plain yoghurt

Blend until smooth and brush your teeth afterwards, as there will be a dark purple tinge.